The Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) is a silo-busting collaboration between government, business, civil society and technologists to transform government contracting and drive systemic change using open data and radically-improved transparency for users. We work across sectors and along the whole process of government contracting to use open data and improved oversight to save governments money and time, deliver better goods and services to citizens, deter corruption and create a better business environment for all.
OCP is a fiscally sponsored organization by the Fund for the City of New York (FCNY) through its Partner Project Program. FCNY provides fiscal, administrative and human resource functions to OCP. We are a global team with our biggest representation in Washington, DC and Bogota.
About the role
We are looking for a highly motivated and skilled professional to join us in a full-time position as Lead Data Analyst. This position will help our global partners to take a data-driven approach to improve public procurement outcomes.
OCP works with governments around the world to publish public contracting data according to the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS). Presently, there are around 30 OCDS publishers, but currently very little of this data is analyzed in a systematic way.
The Lead Data Analyst will have three key responsibilities:
Statistical analysis of OCDS data to demonstrate how it can be used to monitor performance on competition, fiscal savings, corruption, and improvements in public service delivery.
Comparative analysis on the quality, comprehensiveness, and timeliness of OCDS data published across different jurisdictions.
Diagnostic analysis on the quality of public contracting data in non-OCDS jurisdictions to assess its useability and deficiencies, and recommend how it can be improved to local partners.
The objective is to provide an evidence-based approach to improve the integrity, efficiency, fairness, and effectiveness of public contracting. These improvements can make a tangible impact to the well-being of citizens. For example, a specialist cancer clinic in Poltavawas, Ukraine took advantage of the Ukrainian Government’s open public contracting data to improve competition and was able to purchase the chemotherapy drug, Cisplastin, for two-thirds of its original budgeted amount. These savings allowed the hospital to administer chemotherapy treatment to patients free-of-charge for a month. We would want you to be able to think how to analyze and document such issues working with our country and our monitoring, evaluation, and learning specialists.
The Lead Data Analyst will work closely with partners in the shared goal of improving the quality and useability of public contracting data. This will include (1) giving feedback to data publishers to improve the quality of data, (2) advising on tools, methodologies, and performance monitoring to government officials, researchers, journalists and civil society, and (3) reviewing data against goals and baselines.
The Lead Data Analyst will often be the first person to use new datasets. OCP has developed software to collect the published OCDS data, which will be shared with the Lead Data Analyst. A recent example of analysis by the OCDS team can be seen in this blog.
This work will likely be a mix of shorter and longer-term projects. The successful candidate is expected to help shape the direction of our data analysis work, but is not expected to manage other staff.
The successful candidate will work either at our DC office or remotely from an agreed location where they have employment authorization.
We offer opportunities for professional development and travel, an excellent benefits package, and compensation that is commensurate with reputation, experience and location. We also offer a generous matched pension contribution of up to 10% subject to the rules of our pension scheme as set by the policies of our fiscal sponsor (FCNY).
About the team
OCP is a small, multidisciplinary, and global team with expertise in public procurement, program management, advocacy, data standards, software development, and data analysis.
We have engagements in dozens of countries that are managed by our program staff. The goal of our program managers is to support local partners to implement open contracting reforms that achieve measurable impact.
You will be working under OCP’s Director of Data and Engagement, whose team works to build tools and deliver technical assistance to help implement these reforms, primarily centered around the Open Contracting Data Standard. This team includes our Head of Data Products and Services who is responsible for our data standard and technical development work, and our Data and Support Manager who leads our capacity development and community building work.
You will also be working closely with members of the OCDS Helpdesk (which is staffed by developers and analysts of Open Data Services in the UK and the Latin America Open Data Institute). The Helpdesk teams build tools and guidance for data publication, quality review, and analysis. They often give feedback to publishers to encourage improvement.
In addition, you will collaborate closely with our program staff and our Data and Learning Manager who are likely to connect you with new use cases, partners, and datasets.
Responsibilities On a day-to-day basis you will:
Assess public contracting data availability and quality against key performance indicators
Recommend improvements to data availability and quality
Use OCDS and non-OCDS data to test methodologies for performance monitoring
Remotely support partners in their research, monitoring and analysis projects
Travel to support partners to conduct scoping assessments on data infrastructure, quality, and performance baselines
Advise partners on how OCDS data could help to achieve specific goals
Assist OCP to undertake impact evaluation case studies
Document examples of OCDS use and learning
Advise in the design and development of software that use open contracting data
Professional qualifications We want to be surprised, intrigued, and excited by applicants. We expect that you will have the following qualifications:
Ability to work with sizeable datasets (presently, our entire database stores tens of GBs of OCDS data)
Advanced data cleaning, analysis, and visualisation skills with open-source tools and common data analysis tools
Programming skills, preferably with SQL and Python (used primarily by our team)
Experience working with machine-readable formats, including CSV and JSON
Ability to work with online collaboration tools, including version control tools like git
Ability to work with and transmit knowledge to an international team across many time zones
Excellent written and spoken English
Ability to travel overseas for up to 3 weeks per quarter
Ability to write clearly and concisely to a deadline
Legal ability to work in the location where based
Fluency in other languages, especially Spanish
Understanding of public financial management and/or procurement
Experience with Kibana or R (desired by some of our partners)
Understand the principles of open contracting and how to connect your work to our overarching theory of change
Working knowledge of the Open Contracting Data Standard
Project management experience
Personal attributes We are a diverse group of high-performing individuals that together make up an unstoppable team. We are looking for some key characteristics for this essential role:
Is committed to our mission and strategy
Is dedicated and focused on delivery and getting things done
Works well independently and as part of a team
Prioritizes well in the face of a complex workload, effectively handling regular deadlines and (occasional) last-minute requests
Solves problems creatively, finding simple solutions and being open to adapt
Is open to new ideas, to new alliances, to diversity, to sharing, to taking chances
Has impeccable integrity
Has high attention to detail, while being able to see the big picture
Has humility and grace, giving credit to others and fessing up when things didn’t work
Has a sense of fun and joy for the work, and can encourage that from others
Application We are dedicated to equal employment opportunity and aim to cultivate and sustain a diverse, equitable, and inclusive team. We really value and prioritize diversity because a range of experiences and perspectives enriches our work and strengthens our ability to address complex challenges.
Deadline for applications is May 15, 2019. We’re looking for someone to start as soon as possible (expected early summer). Only successful candidates will be contacted.
Please submit a CV, cover letter, and an example of your work.